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Illumina has launched its RapidTrack Whole Genome Sequencing Service, which uses the HiSeq 2500 sequencing instrument and the company's new iSAAC genome alignment software to sequence and align a whole human genome in five days.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI will work together on a sequencing-based project to discover genetic variants involved in 1,000 rare diseases, the partners said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GE Healthcare and BGI today announced a multi-year research collaboration to explore the underlying genetic variation between ethnically diverse human stem cell lines.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team led by investigators at China's Nanjing Agricultural University announced today that it has finished sequencing a draft version of the pear genome and is making data from the effort available to other researchers online.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team led by investigators from Sichuan Agricultural University and BGI-Shenzhen has developed a DNA methylation atlas of pig fat and muscle tissues that is expected to aid studies into the epigenetics of obesity and related conditions.

BGI has purchased and installed Roche's 454 GS FLX+ system at its Shenzhen facility to use the system's long read capabilities to complement its array of short read sequencing platforms, BGI and 454 said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers from China and the US will sequence 100 human adenoviruses, including ones that cause respiratory, gastrointestinal, and ocular diseases, under a partnership announced today.

A roundup of new product offerings announced at the annual Bio-IT World conference held this week in Boston, Mass.

BGI said this week that it has launched a joint bioinformatics and computing laboratory with the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies this week said that it will invest $20 million in expanding its cell culture facility in Inchinnan, Scotland.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

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